Darling Corey

DESCRIPTION: "Wake up, wake up, darling Corey, what makes you sleep so sound? The revenue officers are coming, Gonna tear your still-house down." The singer describes Corey's wild career as a moonshiner, and (dreams of) her death and burial
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: drink police death burial dream
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Fuson-BalladsOfTheKentuckyHighlands, pp. 134-135, "Little Cora" (1 text, an unusually full version though with several floating verses)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 152, "The Gambling Man" (2 texts, 2 tunes, but only the "B" text is this song; the "A" text is "I Wonder Where's the Gambler")
Ritchie-FolkSongsOfTheSouthernAppalachians, p. 39, "Little Cory" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roberts-SangBranchSettlers, #58, Darlin' Cory (1 text, 1 tune)
McNeil-SouthernMountainFolksong, pp. 93-95, "Darling Corie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol2, pp. 36-37, "Darlin' Cory" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bush-FSofCentralWestVirginiaVol5, pp. 19-21, "Darling Cora" (1 text, 1 tune, with a mix of verses about Cora and Lulu)
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 87, "Darlin' Corey" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 302-303, "Dariling Corey" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 135, "Dig a Hole in the Meadow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnett-IHearAmericaSinging, p. 173, "Darlin' Corrie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-TreasuryOfSouthernFolklore, p. 734, "Darling Cory" (1 text, 1 tune)
Seeger-AmericanFavoriteBallads, p. 73, "Darlin' Corey" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 193, "Darlin' Corey" (1 text)

Roud #5723
Logan English, "Little Cory" (on LEnglish01)
Roscoe Holcomb, "Darlin Corey" (on Holcomb2, HolcombCD1)
Buell Kazee, "Darling Cora" (Brunswick 154, 1927); "Darling Corey" [fragment] (on Kazee01)
Pleaz Mobley, "Darling Cory" (AFS; on AAFS 69, LC14)
Monroe Brothers, "Darling Corey" (Bluebird B-6512, 1936; Victor 27493, 1941)
Pete Seeger, "Darling Corey" (on PeteSeeger02, PeteSeegerCD01)
B. F. Shelton, "Darling Cora" (Victor 35838, 1927; on ConstSor1)
Jack Wallin, "Darling Cora" (on Wallins1)
Doc Watson, Gaither Carlton & Arnold Watson, "Darling Corey" (on Watsons01)

cf. "Little Maggie" (words)
cf. "Country Blues" (words)
cf. "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" (floating phrase)
File: LxU087

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